WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today committed $45 million to advance the American Centrifuge Project (ACP) at Piketon. Under the agreement, USEC will transfer authority over uranium materials to DOE and match at least $45 million to invest in demonstration and technical activities to transition the ACP for commercial technological applications.
"This represents a sustained federal commitment to the American Centrifuge Project at Piketon," Brown said. "These funds will ensure that the American Centrifuge Project is at the strongest standing possible in advance of the steps that will carry this project forward. This federal investment will ensure that the Piketon community is on a path towards continued job creation and economic growth."
Brown has been fighting for federal funds to promote economic development in Piketon. He has been working closely with USEC and DOE to ensure facilitated coordination efforts for the American Centrifuge Plant. Brown also led the fight in Congress to accelerate the Piketon cleanup and create new jobs. He successfully secured an expedited timeframe for the cleanup, moving the completion date up by more than 20 years. As a result of Sen. Brown's efforts, Piketon received $118 million in cleanup funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. President Obama's FY 2011 budget request also includes nearly $500 million for the project. Federal funds for Piketon will have helped to create more than 275 jobs in the region.
In November, Brown visited the Piketon plant with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Dr. Inés Triay to discuss cleanup, new jobs and ways to ensure the successful economic future of the entire DOE site. More information can be found HERE.